Posts for: March, 2016
Another common health issue we can work on with chiropractic kinesiology? Acid reflux/Heartburn.
One of the top misconceptions in health is that acid reflux is caused by too much stomach acid. 9 times out of 10, the cause is exactly the opposite- too little stomach acid production.
So what is really going on? In the absence of stomach acid, food in the stomach cannot digest, so it sits there and ferments/rots, which then gives off the acids that are experienced as reflux/heartburn.
There are many different contributing factors and causes of heartburn. Here are a few of those factors that we look into at a chiropractic kinesiology visit:
*Presence and correction of mild hiatal hernia/dysfunction of the diaphragm (ribcage) muscle. Sometimes the stomach can slide up through the opening in the diaphragm muscle just a bit, causing reflex, pressure, pain and other symptoms in the upper stomach area. This can be corrected with spinal adjustments, muscle work, and more. I find this issue in a lot of my patients and fix it almost every day! Regular chiropractic treatments actually prevent this condition from occurring.
*Spinal misalignments commonly in the neck and back
*Food intolerances such as wheat, dairy, corn, soy, and sugar which we can using muscle testing to determine
*Decrease in digestive enzymes and nutrient deficiencies such as zinc which can be temporarily supplied through natural whole food supplements to get your body producing sufficient stomach acid and digestive enzymes again on its own.
*Emotional/mental stressors which we can address with mind-body techniques
The current medical model often prescribes antacids such as Prilosec, Zantac, Tums, etc. While these drugs may suppress the symptoms, they actually do much more harm than good. Suppressing stomach acid production results in improper digestion of food and ultimately malnutrition, as little of the nutrients and minerals in our food can be digested and absorbed without stomach acid. This can result in osteoporosis in the long-term due to mineral deficiency. AKA not good..
Seek to correct the true underlying cause of your heartburn with holistic health!
My beautiful, glowing, and 40 weeks pregnant patient Brittney came in yesterday to be sure she is physically and mentally ready for her baby's delivery!
I give great props to Brittney for scheduling this appointment eat 40 weeks pregnant in anticipation of her baby's arrival. At 37 weeks, we thought it would be her last appointment before her delivery. When the baby still hadn't come at 40 weeks, Brittney thought she better get in for one more appointment before the big day.
Chiropractic care while pregnant can result in easier, shorter labor times, and ensure that the baby is positioned properly in the pelvis, ready for a healthy delivery. In short, it can be positively life-changing for mom and baby!
Spinal misalignments can cause distorted pelvic positioning as well as nerve and blood vessel compromise, which can result in swelling and improper nervous system signaling. It can also cause some pain for the mom.
Brittney came in with some lower back pain and left-sided hip pain, which both resolved by the end of treatment.
Also, while morning sickness, nausea, vomiting, back pain, pelvic pain, sciatica, swollen ankles, high blood pressure, and more are common in pregnant women, the intensity and even presence of these symptoms can be greatly reduced with chiropractic care during pregnancy!
We can't wait for Brittney's little one to arrive. Thanks to Brittney for being a shining example of proactive health care and working her best for a successful pregnancy and delivery!
Chiropractic adjusting, just like muscle testing, is an art, as my mentor says!
Within the chiropractic profession, there are numerous different adjusting techniques, and no two chiropractors adjust the same. There are different philosophies behind chiropractic adjusting as well. My mentor Dr. Tim told me long ago to take a Gonstead adjusting seminar, which I did about a year ago (and I plan to take more!), and I was so happy that I did.
What I learned about chiropractic adjusting, through my mentor as well as seminars, is that it should be very specific, as well as artful, with the proper care and attention to details. As they taught me in the seminar "Any chiropractor can "pop" a joint", in a non-specific manner, but a true chiropractic adjustment is specific in exactly the way that the individual patient needs an individual adjustment done. Oftentimes, we hear an audible "pop" or release of gas from the joint, sometimes we don't. Luckily, with muscle testing, we can always check if we moved the joint appropriately or not.
I have caught on film this video of me making a very specific adjustment to the ilium (hip) bone. Taking as much time as needed to properly set up the adjustment and making sure that the joint is locked out appropriately is important. I do my best to take the time to feel the joint and then execute the thrust (which should be high in speed more so than force-another gem I learned at my Gonstead seminar). Making sure that my direction of thrust is exactly what the patient needs is also important. I usually use my tool of muscle testing to determine exactly what adjustment needs to be made. For example, in this case, it's an AS IN ilium, basically meaning that the hip bone has moved forward and inward at the joint. Taking the time to determine the specific, appropriate adjustments vs. blindly adjusting a joint makes all of the difference.
As with any skill, we get better and better at chiropractic adjusting as we work on it, and do more of them. I plan to keep learning, taking seminars, and putting plenty of care into my chiropractic adjusting, so that I can keep getting better.
Thanks for reading about one of my passions-chiropractic adjusting!